2012 Elections

Local
1:49 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Rouzer Requests Mandatory Recount

North Carolina State Senator David Rouzer is calling for a recount in the race for the 7th congressional district. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports the republican made the announcement yesterday, which was the deadline for candidates to request a mandatory recount.

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Local
6:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

McIntyre/Rouzer Race is Too Close to Call

The race for the seat in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District was one of the most-watched and tightly-fought races in the Cape Fear region.  The incumbent, Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre, faced a tough contest – particularly after the latest round of redistricting removed his home county of Robeson.  But as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, there’s still no clear answer on who won the race. 

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Local
6:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Two New Candidates Win NHCo. Commission Seats

Last night the race among the 6 New Hanover County commission candidates was close. Voters elected two new commissioners and brought back a familiar face. Chairman Jonathan Barfield earned another term, while newcomer Republicans Woody White and Beth Dawson join the board. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports Dawson is the first woman elected to the commission since 2008.

Dawson captured the second highest percentage of votes, winning a seat with 18 percent. She says she plans to work hard to build consensus, even if the road ahead requires some patience.

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Local
6:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Wilmington Voters Reject Stadium Referendum

After almost a year of negotiations and emotional debate, Wilmington’s 37-million dollar stadium referendum died last night. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports the referendum was defeated in every precinct in the City of Wilmington.

Seventy percent of voters within the City of Wilmington rejected the referendum. But both sides of the issue remained optimistic until the very end. Scott Harry with the Vote No Stadium Tax Committee says voters were heard loud and clear. And now he wants the New Hanover County Commissioners to hear their message, too.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

NC Board of Elections concerned with aggressive behavior at One Stop voting sites

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While record numbers of North Carolina voters cast early ballots before One Stop Voting ends Saturday, the state board of elections is concerned with reports of inappropriate behavior at the polls. From fighting to voter misinformation, WHQR’s Sara Wood has more on the growing emotions of this election season.

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Local
4:47 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Danny Hefner, Democratic challenger of Senator Rabon, talks incentives, biofuel, jobs for veterans

Danny Hefner, Democratic candidate for State Senate District 8
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Democratic Candidate Danny Hefner is hoping to beat Incumbent State Senator Bill Rabon, a Republican, in the race for the seat in District 8. 

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Local
5:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

No formal policy on polling place signs

During the May 8 primary elections, some voters arriving at Devon Park Methodist Church questioned the message on the church’s sign that said: “A TRUE MARRIAGE IS MALE AND FEMALE AND GOD.”

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Local
5:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

The ins and outs of voting in New Hanover County

Today is the last day for New Hanover County residents to register to vote for the November 6 election. But if you haven’t made this happen yet, don’t fear. WHQR’s Sara Wood found some good advice for weathering voting season.

With less than a week before One Stop Voting, or early voting, begins, Elections Director Marvin McFadyen says the most important thing for voters to do is make sure registration is up to date and accurate.

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Local
5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

NC Senate District 9 candidates on politics as usual

At the North Carolina Senate District 9 Candidates’ Forum at WHQR last night, Republican Senator Thom Goolsby and his Democratic opponent Deb Butler accused one another of hypocrisy, lying, mud-slinging, and complaining.  So when panelist Cacky Catlett asked how they would talk to families who aren’t interested in politics as usual, the answer, as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, quickly turned into -- well, politics as usual.

It started with an acknowledgment from the candidates: 

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Local
5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

NC Senate District 9 candidates debate regulatory reform

Although subtle differences exist in some races this election season, that is not the case with Senate District 9.  In a Candidates’ Forum in the WHQR Gallery last night, WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports that Republican Senator Thom Goolsby and Democratic Candidate Deb Butler went to the mat over regulatory reform. 

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